Volume 8, Issue 4, December 2020, Page: 75-79
The Development of Multi-planetary Weight Measurement System for Computational Astronomy
Justus Chukwunonyerem, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Ezechi Nwachukwu Emmanuel, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Daniyan Omoniyi Lanre, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Onubi Peter Offor, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Donatus Nwagbara, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Ayogu Harrison Ejiofor, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Bonaventure Okere, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Aliyu Nasiru, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Chigozi Bethel Wali, NASRDA-Advanced Space Technology Applications Laboratory, Uyo, Nigeria
Nnadi Joseph Odo, National Center for Equipment Maintenance and Development, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Chinedu Emeka Omulu, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Ogochukwu Edith Eze, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Kevin Eze Chukwunyere, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Ayogu Jideofor Uchenna, NASRDA-Center for Basic Space Science, Nsukka, Enugu, Nigeria
Macdenis Onyekachi Egbuhuzor, Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Received: Oct. 27, 2020;       Accepted: Nov. 7, 2020;       Published: Nov. 16, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajaa.20200804.12      View  21      Downloads  33
Abstract
In this work, the design of a multi-planetary weight measurement device comprising of a hardware and software system, capable of measuring and displaying the weight of objects in different planets of our solar system is presented. It is a microcontroller-based device indigenously designed for computational astronomy needs in multi-planetary weight measurement. It is also a fascinating basic space science tool for space science enthusiasts. The methodology of the hardware design involved the programming and interconnection of modular electronic chips and sensors such as load cell sensor-TAS606, load cell amplifier-HX711, liquid crystal display-LCD, Joy-Stick switch and microcontroller which can measure weight of objects not exceeding five kilograms. The software system was designed into executable program using python programing language and can measure any range of object’s weight in the solar system. Surface gravity values for each planet were calculated and the respective values mapped for each select planet. Weight computational codes for respective planets were also developed in C-programming language for determining the weight of different objects on each planet. The device was calibrated using a known weight of one Kilogram (1Kg). Accurate weights of two different objects were measured for different planets on the system; the weights (data) measured were recorded and analyzed to show the key importance of gravity in astronomical weight computation in different planets.
Keywords
Multi-Planetary, Space Science, Astronomy, Weight, Measurement, Sensors
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Justus Chukwunonyerem, Ezechi Nwachukwu Emmanuel, Daniyan Omoniyi Lanre, Onubi Peter Offor, Donatus Nwagbara, Ayogu Harrison Ejiofor, Bonaventure Okere, Aliyu Nasiru, Chigozi Bethel Wali, Nnadi Joseph Odo, Chinedu Emeka Omulu, Ogochukwu Edith Eze, Kevin Eze Chukwunyere, Ayogu Jideofor Uchenna, Macdenis Onyekachi Egbuhuzor, The Development of Multi-planetary Weight Measurement System for Computational Astronomy, American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 75-79. doi: 10.11648/j.ajaa.20200804.12
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